Rebekah Mercer Ted Cruz And The Cambridge Analytica Connection

Data firm Cambridge Analytica has made headlines in recent weeks after news reports surfaced that among other things, the data firm harvested user data from social media giant Facebook without the users’ consent, and later used the harvested data to create psychological profiles of voters for political campaign purposes. The public’s outrage following revelations of this massive invasion of privacy by Cambridge Analytica has seriously hampered its business operations with the latest reports suggesting that the data firm is shutting down. A lot of the outrage has also been directed at one of the data firm’s top executives, Rebekah Mercer because she doubles up as a GOP Super Donor. The daughter of Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager Robert Mercer, Rebekah was the major financial force behind then candidate Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign. A lot of the public outrage has therefore been directed at Rebekah Mercer in regards to the tactics Cambridge Analytica  may have employed in the Trump campaign.



The Mainstream Media has paid little attention to the fact that prior to supporting the Trump campaign, Rebekah Mercer and her Cambridge Analytica were solidly behind then presidential candidate Ted Cruz. An interesting March 20, 2018 piece by The Dallas Morning News however has raised questions about the role Cambridge Analytica played in Ted Cruz’s Presidential Campaign. In the article members of the Texas Democratic Party blasted Cruz’s ties to Cambridge Analytica saying Cruz benefited from a “Massive invasion of privacy” and “deceitful activity”. Texas Democratic Party’s Deputy Executive Director Manny Garcia added, “Ted Cruz will stop at nothing to weasel his way into power, even if it means weaponizing stolen information to manipulate people to like him….Cruz’s campaign exploited personal information to create psychological profiles on millions of Americans. All to keep lining the pockets of Cruz’s billionaire super PAC donors — like Robert Mercer, who funded this propaganda machine.”

Cruz Campaign Spokeswoman Catherine Frazier responded to the attack by Texas Dems saying, “They[Cambridge Analytica] assured us the claims made in the press were false” adding that the Cruz Campaign relied on Cambridge Analytica’s assurances that “all data used by them were obtained legally, that they would conduct their operations ‘in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations,.”

The fact of the matter however is we now know through numerous subsequent revelations including by whistleblowers that Cambridge Analytica did indeed engage in very questionable and potentially illegal conduct and that Ted Cruz Campaign benefited from it. In a July 7, 2015 Politico piece for example, Ted Cruz campaign spokesman Rick Tyler is quoted as marvelling at the services of Cambridge Analytica during the Iowa Caucus saying “I’ve seen their product, and it’s better than anything I’ve ever seen.”

The same Politico piece also says that Cambridge Analytica sent its staff to work at Cruz Campaign Headquarters in Houston, Texas meaning some of Cambridge Analyica’s questionable tactics were also applied to Texas voters who use Facebook.

The response by Cruz Campaign Spokeswoman Catherine Frazier therefore, that they relied on Cambridge Analytica’s assurances not to invade people’s privacy does very little to answer the central charge levelled by Texas Democrats–that Cruz campaign benefited and is still benefiting from improperly/illegally obtained data. Nobody is faulting the Cruz Campaign for relying on Cambridge Analytica’s assurances. The fact of the matter is the data firm improperly/illegally acquired people’s data from Facebook and used it for the campaign’s benefit. This is now a proven fact not a supposition.

Even more troubling is the fact that Cruz Campaign may still be benefiting from this improperly/illegally obtained data in the U.S. Senate race against Democrat Beto O’Rourkeessentially running an illegal campaign. The Texas Republican Primary was held on March 1, 2016(Super Tuesday). At that time Cambridge Analytica was still in Cruz’s corner as he tried to fend off then candidate Donald Trump from scoring an upset victory in Texas.

Any reasonable person would therefore conclude that Cambridge Analytica did indeed harvest Texans’ Facebook data to help Cruz beat Trump in the Texas GOP Primary. It strains credulity to suggest that the Cruz Campaign is not using this information in their current heated battle against Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke for the U.S. Senate seat

Bottom line, a very plausible argument can be made(in federal court) that Ted Cruz’s previous ties to Cambridge Analytica render his current campaign for the U.S. Senate AN ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN borne out of, as Texas Dems put it, “A MASSIVE INVASION OF PRIVACY.” The DNC/Texas Dems should really explore a federal lawsuit against the Cruz Campaign. If such a venture were ever to materialize (Dems winning lawsuit), the DNC knows what to do, send Yours Truly a check for handing Dems the biggest prize in Elections 2018 (a coveted U.S. Senate seat from Texas) without ever casting a vote.

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The Mercer Map-An Indispensable Tool In The Dem Toolkit

It is a well known political fact that behind every GOP agenda item, there’s either the Koch or Mercer family pulling strings from behind the scenes. These two families literally run the GOP and now the U.S. given the fact that the GOP is the party in power. Yours Truly therefore thought grassroots Democrats would find this Mercer Map handy when analyzing news items about the GOP. Any time grassroots Dems want to get the big picture on any GOP agenda item, all they have to do is look at the Mercer Map and see how it all fits together


Hang in there folks. Yours Truly will try and get a Koch Brothers Map to give an even clearer picture of the forces behind any GOP agenda item.

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Dems Must Not Lose Sight Of Rebekah Mercer At Emerdata

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that troubled data firm Cambridge Analytica will be shutting down. News of the data firm shutting down comes after weeks of bad press reports that it acquired data from Facebook users without consent and weaponized such data for political purposes, most notably to help the Donald Trump presidential campaign in 2016. One of Cambridge Analytica’s Directors was Billionaire heiress Rebekah Mercer who was a major funder of the Trump Presidential campaign and remains a major supporter of Trump Admin’s agenda. Beyond misusing Facebook user data, Cambridge Analytica has also been accused of employing shocking tactics up to and including blackmail in their efforts to win elections

Democrats therefore must not rest comfortably with the news that Cambridge Analytica is shutting down. Instead they must focus their attention on the new data firm where all the key players at Cambridge Analytica have reportedly migrated to. The Business Insider recently reported that the power players behind Cambridge Analytica have set up a new data firm called Emerdata. Rebekah and Jennifer Mercer are apparently Directors at Emerdata.

Disgraced Cambridge Analytica’s CEO Alexander Nix has also moved to Emerdata. An interesting addition at Emerdata however is Erik Prince, brother of Education Secretary Betsy Devos, who not only played a crucial part in Trump’s presidential campaign but is also a key figure in the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

It doesn’t take much curiosity to figure out that the same political chicanery these characters engaged in while at Cambridge Analytica will be replicated if not expanded to the nth degree at Emerdata. There’s no question but that Emerdata will be used to help the GOP in upcoming elections and certainly for Trump’s re-election bid should he run in 2020. Dems must therefore keep a keen eye on Rebekah Mercer at Emerdata. The Dem attitude towards Emerdata must also be #InvestigateTheMercers!!

UPDATE @4:08pm 5/3/2018–Turns out one of the Directors at Emerdata is a Hong Kong businessman by the name Johnson Chun-Shun Ko. Ko is the Deputy Chairman of Erik Prince’s Frontier Services Group(FSG). Also noteworthy, Ko controls DVN Holdings, a Hong Kong Financial Services company, which recently named Erik Prince Chairman. DVN Holdings, which Erik Prince now Chairs, is partly owned by The People’s Republic of China. This tees up a very provocative question–Could ties between Emerdata, Chun-Shun Ko, Erik Prince and DVN Holdings open up the U.S. to yet another foreign election meddling–this time by The People’s Republic of China? Stay tuned folks. Yours Truly  will keep you apprised on #InvestigateTheMercers!!

See related post:The Mercer Map-An Indispensable Tool In The Dem Toolkit

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Texas’ Unverifiable E-Voting Machines Are Packed In Dem Strongholds

With news that Russia tried to hack into U.S. election systems in the 2016 elections, there have been concerns about the security of U.S. voting infrastructure and especially electronic voting machines. Specifically, there have been reports that some electronic voting machines can be manipulated remotely without leaving a trace. Even more troubling is the fact that such remote manipulation could even result in changing of vote totals on election day. These concerns are not new and have lingered for quite some time, yet even after the Russia experience in the 2016 elections, state election officials have not yet convinced the public(certainly not in Texas) that they can totally prevent such intrusions.


Unlike his counterparts in other states, the Texas Secretary of State has been notoriously unresponsive to questions about the security of Texas voting systems. The WV Secretary of State for example responded to questions from Election Integrity advocate Jennifer Cohn when she sought more information about the state’s newly acquired ES&S machines.

The same desire by Secretaries of State to answer the public’s questions is also evident in other states but for some peculiar reason, there’s a zero desire for public accountability from the Texas Secretary of State’s Office. The best the Texas Secretary of State’s office has done to respond to public concerns about election security is the release of this 2/22/2018 YouTube Video of a Texas Senate Hearing on election security. Yours Truly has gone through the video and found the questioning by State Senator Judith Zaffirini(D-Laredo) beginning at 32:15 to be the most interesting.

From the excellent questions by Dem Senator Zaffirini we find out that out of the 254 Texas Counties, 164 use DREs which have no paper trail and that these DREs are predominantly used in large counties. This should send all kinds of alarm bells to the DNC because the large counties in Texas usually contain the large cities(Houston, Dallas, Austin)–ALL MAJOR DEM STRONGHOLDS. In other words, the Texas GOP has packed the unverifiable and easilyhackable DREs in counties where Dems get their most votes.

The DNC owes it to Senate Hopeful Beto O’Rouke and other Dems running in the state to get a DEFINITIVE ANSWER from the Texas Secretary of State’s Office as to exactly which counties are using these DREs and the measures they’ve taken to secure the vote given the fact that the machines don’t have a paper trail.

Better yet the DNC should DEMAND that all Texas voting machines have a paper trail

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Did Russia Funnel Money To TeamTrump Through The NRA?

One of the biggest obstacles for Democrats, especially in the battle for control of State Legislatures has been the powerful gun lobby group National Rifle Association(NRA). Unlike other powerful lobby groups that influence both the Republican and the Democratic Party, the NRA literally has a stranglehold on the Republican party. NRA’s stranglehold on the GOP is so bad, even President Trump recently had to ask GOP Members of Congress not to be “afraid of” the gun lobby group when discussing sensible gun control proposals. Marion Hammer, a powerful NRA lobbyist in Florida for example is so feared by Florida State GOPers, that she’s dubbed “The Real Gov of Florida.” Such is the power the NRA wields over the GOP

https://youtu.be/L6I0zp-lAeo

The troubling news therefore that the FBI is investigating the NRA as a possible vehicle for funnelling Russian money to help Trump in the 2016 elections should be of great concern to Democrats. New York Times Columnist Frank Bruni said on CNN’s Outfront with Erin Burnett that the NRA spent a whopping $30M to help Trump get elected, which is more than they spent the last two Presidential cycles combined. A Russian banker Alexander Torshin who has ties to Putin is an NRA life member and the key suspect in the alleged funnelling scheme. Torshin apparently wanted to create a “back channel” between the Trump Campaign and Russia and one of his associates reportedly told a Trump campaign staffer that “Putin is deadly serious about building a good relationship with Mr. Trump.”(see YouTube video from 14:00 onwards)

Under normal circumstances this would be just another questionable daliance between a powerful U.S. gun lobby group and a foreign financier. However against the backdrop of an ongoing Special Counsel investigation into U.S. election meddling by the Russians, this strange relationship between the NRA and the Putin-allied Russian financier has become a much more serious issue, one that Americans trust Mueller and Co. will get to the bottom of.


It also bears pointing out, as New York Times Columnist Frank Bruni did that Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr, is a major NRA supporter and activist. Trump Jr you’ll remember is already in the middle of a very questionable meeting with Russian lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower. Veselnitskaya has since confessed that she’s an informant for Putin’s Kremlin

Simply put, the NRA-Russia story is a major story that could affect the Dem political fortunes from here on out. According to CNN Political Correspondent Sara Murray, the NRA is privately, very concerned about the FBI’s investigation into its ties to the Russian Banker(vid at 14:00). Obviously we Dems have to be patient and allow the feds to conduct their investigation into the NRA but just like Trump used the ongoing Clinton email probe to hamstring her 2016 campaign, there is no reason why the DNC should not pummel NRA-allied GOP candidates over Russian money as we head to Midterms 2018, the perfect target being Sen Ted Cruz

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Dems Must Confront Rebekah Mercer Over Cambridge Analytica

The bombshell revelation yesterday that former Trump Campaign Adviser Steve Bannon instructed Cambridge Analytica to research ways of suppressing the votes of key Dem constituencies should be very alarming to Americans, and Democrats in particular. It is well known that Cambridge Analytica is run in large part by Billionaire heiress & Republican Super Donor Rebekah Mercer, who is very close to President Trump and played a key role in his ascendancy to the Presidency. Both Steve Bannon and current Presidential Adviser Kellyanne Conway got their White House jobs thanks in large part to Rebekah Mercer’s sway with President Trump. You’ll remember that shortly after the release of the best selling book “Fire & Fury” by Michael Wolfe, which contained some very unflattering remarks about Trump that were attributed to Steve Bannon, Rebekah Mercer retaliated by pulling Bannon’s security detail.


It is very clear therefore that Rebekah Mercer, unlike many other GOP donors who supported Trump’s campaign, has remained actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the Trump Administration, including meting out “punishment” when necessary, as we saw with Bannon. News therefore that her outfit Cambridge Analytica may have been engaged in voter suppression schemes targeting core Democratic voters must not be taken lightly.

The DNC must get to the bottom of Cambridge Analytica’s voter suppression schemes. At the minimum, the DNC/Congressional Democrats need to know what exactly Bannon asked Cambridge Analytica to do. Why is that important? Its important because even if it is later found that Bannon’s request never materialized, it may give the public a window into other voter suppression schemes that the GOP is engaged in elsewhere in the country. In other words Bannon’s request may provide a great reference point/lead to anti-voter suppression advocates on the kind of schemes they need to look out for.

Yours Truly has repeatedly stated that Dems must confront the Mercers over Cambridge Analytica and other crooked schemes they are involved with.

The Mercers, like the Koch Brothers are a key part of the GOP Agenda and DNC has to confront them DIRECTLY, not through TV Ads. Bottom line, voter suppression is patently un-American and Dems must treat it as such, beginning with a call to #InvestigateTheMercers!!

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Dems Must Weaponize #TrumpSwamp

One of the biggest promises then candidate Donald Trump made leading up to the 2016 elections was that because he was an outsider, he was the only one capable of taking corruption out of Washington–we all remember the constant “Drain the Swamp” chants at Trump rallies. The reality however has turned out to be the complete opposite. We are only in the second year of the Trump Admin yet Americans are already very alarmed at the shocking levels of government corruption reported in the media. Some are even wondering whether at this level of plunder and pillage, the country can survive 4 years of Trump. Corruption in the Trump Admin has become so prevalent, it has spawned the popular Twitter hashtag #TrumpSwamp.



Americans were initially concerned about Trump's conflicts of interest and violations of the U.S. Constitution's Emoluments Clause because of the fact that despite promising to do so during the campaign, Trump never fully divested from his vast global business empire upon assuming the presidency.

Concerns about the president's violations of the Emoluments Clause persist to this day and are the subject of several lawsuits. The problem however is that in addition to conflict of interest questions surrounding the president himself, it appears members of his administration are also caught up in all kinds of corrupt schemes. Some of the notable corruption scandals involve EPA Administrator Scott Pruit, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, just to mention but a few.

Message for DNC? Corruption in the Trump Admin has to be a central theme in campaign ads for the various Dems running for office this November. Dems must not only call out these egregious levels of corruption in the Trump Admin but also propose solutions to prevent them from happening again in the future. Even though it is well known that the GOP has its "mandatory voters" on the right and Dems have theirs on the left, there is a huge swath of independent voters who are longing to see these alarming levels of government corruption dealt with. Dems need to win these independent anti-corruption voters.

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Grassroots Dems Infatuated With Sen Kamala Harris

Democrats are looking very strong as we approach the 2018 Midterms thanks in large part to the debacle that is the Trump Admin so naturally, a lot of debate has erupted about what lies ahead for Dems past the 2018 Midterms . Specifically, who will carry the mantle for the Dems in 2020. Seasoned politicos have cautioned that talk about 2020 presidential nominations by Yours Truly and others is way too premature, and rightfully so, but given the current political climate(Trump) it is difficult not to prognosticate about 2020. Simply put, Dems are eager to have one of their own in the White House. Additionally, Dems have a lot of very qualified candidates so why not start vetting them early?



It is very important that whoever the Dems nominate in 2020 be a very strong candidate ready for the inevitable GOP attacks. Equally important, the basis of Yours Truly’s blog, is that the DNC know which candidate Grassroots Dems want, and not just who the Mainstream Media pushes. Yours Truly has conducted a lot of polls (#Dem2020Poll) trying to figure out who Grassroots Dems want on the 2020 ticket. The two most popular candidates are Senator Kamala Harris(D-CA) and Rep Joe Kennedy III(D-MA).

Sen Harris and Rep Kennedy poll exceedingly well but it is clear from the numerous polls that if Dems were to settle on the two, they want Sen Harris to be on top of the ticket. Also very instructive from the numerous iterations of the #Dem2020Poll is that whoever is paired with Rep Joe Kennedy III polls very well whether that be Joe Biden, Rep Adam Schiff etc. It appears therefore from the polls that Grassroots Dems may not be ready to put the young Mass. Rep on top of the 2020 ticket but they certainly want him as somebody’s running mate. Message for the DNC therefore, a Grassroots FYI if you will, is that Rep Kennedy III appears to be the Kingmaker. 

As for Sen Kamala Harris, there are a lot of factors that endear her to Grassroots Dems as gleaned from the various comments on the polls. Her prosecutorial background is a major plus for her especially now when we are dealing with a lawless Trump Admin. She is also considered by many as a fresh face in Washington, which is key for Grassroots Dems. Her strong stance on Criminal Justice Reform is also a big plus for her especially given the fact that she has enlisted GOP Senator Rand Paul in that effort. Her ability to reach across the political aisle and work on issues in a bipartisan way is a rare but much needed quality in today’s Washington. I’d be remiss however if I didn’t add that (yeah it’s shallow) a lot of Grassroots Dems also like Sen Harris and Rep Joe Kennedy III because they are–brace yourselves–cute. This is clearly not their strongest sell but in an increasingly pop culture oriented political climate, its a plus for them

Doing away with the niceties, there are also negatives raised concerning a Kamala Harris 2020 run–some of them quite valid. Yours Truly will address in detail some of the negatives raised as to a Kamala Harris run in a future post. Folks remember Yours Truly is a True Blue Dem and the mission here is to build up our bench not to tear it down. When Yours Truly addresses the Kamala Harris negatives it will be SOLELY for the purpose of giving TeamKamala an opportunity to address the issues long before her possible 2020 run. Remember Dems we’re Stronger Together. We are building each other up not tearing each other down

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GrassrootsDemPolitics

Welcome to GrassrootsDemPolitics, your ultimate source for all insider news about the Democratic Party. This will be your go-to-place for all the info about the Democratic Party that you will not get from the corporate mainstream media. The corporate mainstream media caters to their corporate sponsors. This website cares about only ONE THING–What GRASSROOTS DEMS WANT


At a time of great information overflow(Google, Twitter, 24/7 news etc) it may be hard for Dem decision makers to know what is and what's not. --separate the wheat from the chaff. With elections right around the corner, Dem decision makers will need to know exactly how grassroots Dems think about key issues. As a matter of fact it is this very disconnect between DC Dems and the grassroots that some blame for Hillary Clinton's shocking loss to President Trump. Dems certainly can't afford a repeat of this costly error

Against that backdrop, comes this grassroots website. It bears repeating here that the aim of the author is not to force the hands of Dem decision makers into any particular policy decision, but basically to give them the grassroots Dem view on issues so as to help them make better/more informed decisions--a heads up or FYI if you will

Here at GrassrootsDemPolitics we have what the mainstream media pundits with millions of Twitter followers and endless streams of cash don't have-- WE'VE LITERALLY CORNERED THE MARKET ON THE GRASSROOTS DEM THOUGHT--something the mainstreams wish they had but never will

We will curate grassroots tested issues that Dem decision makers need to know beginning with this one: Grassroots Dems are INFATUATED with Senator Kamala Harris(D-CA)

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